Last saturday I gave another workshop studio portrait photography. After the regular parts of the workshop we had some spare time. So I added a smal bonus section! Since we talked about tv- vs VOD-series before the workshop I got the idea of recreating a shot off a TV-show with basic gear. As a big Houde of Cards fan we decided to recreate the Frank Underwood in the Lincoln chair photo.
First we made an analysis of the original photo. I think they used a Soft light reflector with a grid close to the face, a big soft box as a fill and a background light.
The set-up we used was a lot simpler, but it has kind of the same effect which surprised me we could get zo close with the light! We used only gear from the Elinchrom RX-one 3 light kit. We placed a Elinchrom RX One with the Portalite 66 softbox straight above a little bit in front the subject used out off frame. I used a boomstand, if you don't have a boom you could use a regular stand and an assistent holding it. On the background I used a Elinchrom RX One with the Umbrella reflector to lit the background.
I added a layer to the background for the bleu-ish tint. I could have de it in camera with using a CTO-gell on the main light and do a custom white balance.
I asked the model to angle his chin a little but up to get enough light in the eyes. Also notice how the low angle off the lens influences the mood of the shot.